Moving with the times and making success a reality: 6 ERP Treats

Moving with the Times and Making Success a Reality with an Industry-Built ERP Solution

In today’s ever-evolving digital world, doing business successfully is complicated. Globalization, the emergence of the digital economy and the transition towards largely user-driven ecosystems, continue to disrupt old business models leaving many enterprises grappling to not only remain competitive but also relevant.

This is particularly the case when it comes to manufacturers and distributors, the world’s primary movers and makers of things, who currently face a rapidly changing business landscape on both the regulatory and technological front.

On the tech front, not only does the arrival of increasingly tech-savvy employees into the workforce bring with it a whole new set of considerations, but the introduction of cutting edge technologies such as the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Bots into the sector are rapidly ushering in quicker, smarter and cheaper ways of doing things.

In addition to these technological considerations, compliance to industry regulations remains a primary concern for industry players, and staying abreast of and anticipating developing changes on this front remains a key business imperative.

Given all the change and uncertainty facing many industry movers and makers, when it comes to ensuring operational efficiency and competitiveness, the current way of doing things is simply not going to cut it anymore. So where to next? And can the answer really be as simple as finding the right Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution?

In this whitepaper from SYSPRO, you’ll learn of six key considerations to aid you with success.

  • Finding the right ERP solution is not about choosing the software with the most complex features or the lowest initial cost. It’s about finding the solution with the closest match to a business’s needs and objectives.
  • Keep moving forward by creating a Single Source of Truth (SSoT).
  • Compliance is an incredibly complex issue and if this is a consideration for your business, it is best to speak with an ERP provider to see how solutions fit your needs.
  • Engagement is the key to improving business performance and boosting productivity through reduced complexity and enhanced collaboration.
  • Support and training.
  • In the absence of executive involvement, your ERP project timeline will probably suffer.

Get all the details with our Halloween Treat for you—we promise; no tricks!

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Business Continuity Management

As I was perusing articles of interest today, I happened upon this one regarding BCM (business continuity management) systems. The article is written by Nicholas Bahr for EHS Today.

The article opens with Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

Bahr opens his article speaking briefly about traditional emergency and crisis response plans; essentially crisis management plans. Bahr states that these plans the goal of these plans was simply to recover from an emergency situation. He states it is more important to anticipate potential interruptions to business as usual. A proper business continuity management system, well supported, can “anticipate changing conditions, adapt to those changes and, more importantly, to thrive.”

Coordinating the operations of various facilities spread across different geographical regions, adjusting to changing international trade regimes and regulations, anticipating the impacts of natural disasters on business operations, and managing dynamic global supply chains are just a few of the challenges faced by organizations

Bahr gives some stellar real-world examples of international businesses whose operations were severely impacted by natural disasters and internal catastrophes. The challenges can even be political as business needs to adjust to changing international trade regimes and regulations.

The article wraps up with a supportive resiliency cycle, initiating how a business continuity management system would support not just business recovery. Business continuity should be the focus of your BCM.

A thorough BCM framework for building organizational resilience proceeds through five stages: Prevent, Prepare, Respond, Recover and Learn.

Have you incorporated resiliency into your business operations?

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SYSPRO is the first ERP provider to become an official CESMII member

Last month a major part of our team attended the SYSPRO WAVE conference in Southern California. We learned quite a bit (including a couple of good watering holes in Huntington Beach). In fact Michael Katz was quickly testing Syspro 7 company data conversions to Syspro 8 so our clients can get the latest and greatest Syspro functionality. You can see if you spot any of us in the recap video below.

Also, at last month’s conference, SYSPRO formally announced the partnership and we had an opportunity to see how CESMII enables rapid technology adoption to increase productivity and time to market for companies of all sizes.

The formal announcement just came out this week – and we are happy to share this information with you. Just a few of the advantages we saw with CESMII are:

  • Object-oriented development concepts
  • Data modeling
  • Data science & analytics
  • Firewalls & encrypted communications

CESMII’s mission is to ensure the power of information and innovation is at the fingertips of every manufacturer, delivering real business value, in the form of customer satisfaction, energy efficiency, productivity, safety or impacting time to market.  We are proud to welcome SYSPRO formally to our ecosystem, which will enrich our institute’s offerings.
~ John Dyck, CEO of CESMII

 

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A Sneak Peek Into the Benefits of ERP

ORG obviously believes strongly in the benefits of well thought-out and integrated ERP, CMS, WMS, and other business systems. What appears to be a simple process to an end user, might actually have a lot of integrated—yet fragile—systems in place to expedite to customer satisfaction.

We’ve been pointing out the quick manner delivery expectations have transformed the end-to-end customer expectation; and experience. A posting today from Marketing Technology Insights states:

Customers expect to be kept up-to-date on everything from order status—when it ships, when it will arrive, where it currently is—to how that order can be updated, exchanged or returned. As simple as that may sound, delivering this experience is not. Behind the scenes, companies are often required to integrate more than 39 different systems—across shipping providers, customer service, financial systems and more

With that kind of complexity to create smooth operations, the benefits of ERP are apparent.

Today I came across a brief and informative article from Enterprise Security Magazine: 5 Must-know Benefits of ERP Systems for a CIO. In the introduction, the article states that improved efficiency and productivity ultimately improves upon customer service.

The article then lists 5 ERP advantages that should be known when choosing or upgrading ERP systems.

  1. Visibility
    increased collaboration and smooth completion of work
  2. Customization
    picking and choosing components that work best
  3. Customer service
    build strong customer relationships
  4. Planning & Reporting
    easy access to detailed data
  5. Partnerships and workflows
    interdepartmental collaboration

The article ends stating that the benefits of ERP include employee interaction, allowing for proactive decision making and decreased operational costs.

I think this quick read (3 minutes) will gives grounded information to anyone considering updating or implementing business operation systems.

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